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Startling Statistics for Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death

According to Medical News Today,
the medical industry recently became aware that on average 195,000
patients die each year directly because of wrongful death
circumstances. Wrongful death occurs when medical errors are made in
hospitals. The study was conducted by HealthGrades Patient Safety in
American Hospitals for a period of two years. This study not only
supported the previous research study done by the Institute of Medicine
in their 1999 report conclusion of 98,000 deaths per year, but dwarfed
it.
 
The statistics for medication injuries (as brought on by preventable
prescription errors) were far more staggering; one and a half million
people in the year 2006 were injured, according to the National Academy of Sciences
 
Health care remains a controversial issue in America today and no doubt
the medical community is feeling the heat. It’s understandable that all
doctors are prone to human error. However, there is a big difference
between a simple mistake that can be rectified and an act of deliberate
negligence that results in an innocent patient’s wrongful death. 
 
It’s easy to suggest that any person who has lost someone in death has
the right to pursue a medical malpractice claim. However, what are the
circumstances that would actually make such a lawsuit feasible?
According to West’s Encyclopedia of American Law,
the plaintiff must prove to a judge or jury that the “acts of omissions
of the defendant were the proximate cause of the deceased person’s
death.” In other words, the plaintiff must prove that the doctor’s
direct or sometimes indirect contact brought about a series of events
that led to the patient’s wrongful death. The party who decides to file
suit is usually the surviving family of the deceased, such as a spouse,
a grown child, a parent or a next-of-kin. 
 
It’s important to understand that grief plays a factor in these
circumstances. For a parent who has lost a child, a complex lawsuit is
usually the last thing on his mind. However, some states do have
specific requirements regarding the “statue of limitations” so it’s
important to act as soon as possible. 
 
You don’t have to wage such a battle on your own. It helps tremendously
to have a smart and experienced lawyer working on your side. If there
are circumstances that implicate a doctor or nurse for medical
malpractice and wrongful death then you may be entitled to
compensation. Total damages may include the recovery of medical costs,
funeral expenses, the loss of financial support, pain and suffering,
and even the loss of a loved one’s companionship. 
 
This is why you need to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer who
specializes in wrongful death. Do not hesitate to talk to a lawyer
regarding your case. We have a Dallas wrongful death attorney who would be happy to assess your case and give you a free consultation without any commitment. Contact Rasansky Law Firm at 1-800-ATTORNEY or complete our form and unload your burden.The statistics for medication injuries (as brought on by preventable
prescription errors) were far more staggering; one and a half million
people in the year 2006 were injured, according to the National Academy of Sciences

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